Back in 2014 I had a dream that I met up with some Upholsterers. Without going in to detail (apparently other people’s dreams are very boring!!), upon waking I decided to tweet them all. To my pleasant surprise they all tweeted what a good idea it would be to meet up and we got set on trying to arrange a date.
Well, last night we had The Great Upholstery Tweet Up 2015 (urm.. a long winded name I have given it!). Initially 14, the numbers had slightly dwindled (the usual life stuff getting in the way), but five of us were keen and we all headed into London and met up at the Wellington pub in Waterloo.
The lovely Sharon was excited as me about the meet up! Similar to me too, she started out on a different career path and then took up upholstery after getting her qualifications. Sharon is inundated with upholstery projects from her workshop in Windsor and often works weekends and evenings – her passion is something to be marvelled at.
Rachael was an absolute sweetheart, very modist about her meticulous skill, having worked for none other than English Heritage. Her father was an upholsterer and taught her the skill of caning and she now takes commissions, working with Danish collectors and Antiques specialists and teaches classes in traditional upholstery at the Good Life Centre.
The lovely bubbly Polly is so passionate about upholstery and this shines through in her unique choice of upholstery fabrics and style of chairs. Polly trained with the same lady I did, Sarah Bolton, and runs her creative upholstery business from her workshop in London.
Ah Mick, such a nice bloke – he travelled all the way from deepest darkest Wales to meet up with us! So chuffed. Also known as ‘The Guerilla Upholsterer’ Mick has even been on TV talking about Upholstery and his random acts of stitching in village bus stops. Mick’s father was also an Upholsterer and after working in an office for many years, Mick transferred over to the trade and now takes commissions from his workshop near the Brecon Beacons. Mick’s signature style is welsh wool that he upholsters on to sofas, arm chairs and dining chairs.
Here’s to 2016, I hope that some of you can join us!